Indianapolis Colts Season Preview History
2011 Playoff Preview: Indianapolis Colts
Regular Season Record: 10-6
Seed: 3, AFC
2010 Team Leaders: Passing: Peyton Manning (4700 YDS, 2nd AFC); Rushing: Donald Brown (497 YDS, 12th AFC); Receiving: Reggie Wayne (1355 YDS, 2nd AFC)
Peyton Manning’s 2010 couldn’t have been any harder. His wide receivers, running backs and tight ends were falling by the wayside all season, but that didn’t prevent him from coming within 17 yards of leading the league in passing yards. But now he’s got a healthy corps around him, and most importantly, the defense is looking healthy. If the team stays that way, it could be another AFC Championship for the crew from Indy.
2011 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS PREVIEW:
With a Super Bowl victory, and nine straight playoff appearances, few teams have been as consistent as the Indianapolis Colts over the last decade. Despite questions about their defense and running game, the Colts still manage to be among the best teams in the AFC, and 2011 should be no different.
The biggest reason for the Colts' success over the last 10 years has been quarterback Peyton Manning. He will be back again this season and although he is coming off one of his worst seasons, chances are he will still be among the elite quarterbacks in the league. He is helped by a number of reliable targets including Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie. Joseph Addai has also emerged as a solid option out of the backfield.
The defense is often the biggest weakness of the Colts, and while that might be the case again this year, that's not to say that this squad is bad. The Indianapolis defense has a number of playmakers in the secondary, most notably free safety Antoine Bethea. Up front, the Colts will rely on the leadership of veterans Gary Brackett and Dwight Freeney.
2010 Indianapolis Colts Football Preview:
The Indianapolis Colts were painfully close to their second Super Bowl championship in five years last season, but an ill-timed interception by Peyton Manning sealed the victory for the New Orleans Saints. Manning and the Colts look to continue their decade-long string of success in 2010, and all signs indicate that they will likely be a contender once again.
Manning, who is coming off his league-record fourth MVP award, will certainly continue to be one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, and he is joined by a talented cast of players on the offense. Wide receiver Reggie Wayne and tight end Dallas Clark were once again the leading targets for Manning, but rookie Austin Collie had a breakout season last year, and relative unknown Pierre Garcon proved to have big play ability as well. Anthony Gonzalez will be returning from an injury suffered last year to round out a loaded arsenal in Indianapolis.
If there's one area in Indianapolis that's typically been a weak spot it's been the defense. However, as of late they have quelled a lot of the criticism thanks to the production of defensive end Dwight Freeney. Colts fans will be celebrating the return of safety Bob Sanders as well, as he played in just two games last year due to injury.
2009 Indianapolis Colts Football Preview:
The Indianapolis Colts return a ton of talent heading in the 2009 season. With Peyton Manning leading the offense the Colts will once again be a lot of experts' pick for the top team in the AFC. On offense Manning will be joined by running back Joseph Addai, TE Dallas Clark, WR Anthony Gonzalez and star wide receiver Reggie Wayne. The only ingredient Indy will be missing on offense is wide receiver Marvin Harrison who is no longer with the team. On defense the Colts will have superstars Dwight Freeney and Bob Sanders to help lead them to the promise land. Don't sleep on the Colts in 2009; they should once again be one of the top teams in the NFL.
2008 Indianapolis Colts Football Preview:
The Indianapolis Colts sit at the very top of the NFL this season. Led by a lightning fast defense, future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, and the running of Joseph Addai, the Indianapolis Colts are one of the obvious Super Bowl contenders. The team is built on a strong foundation that should keep them in contention for years to come. A game this year at the RCA Dome, or even anywhere on the road, is a display of tremendous talent and will likely have the Colts coming out on top. This season every football fan waits to see whether the Colts or their talented new rivals, the New England Patriots, will come out on top in the AFC.